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I'll spare the formalities with a long, overwritten dialogue about, shit, I'm doing it again. Anyways, just give me a comment if any of the following suggestions either make you agree wholeheartedly or the naming aspect of your obsessive compulsive disorder makes you want to kill me for it. Voting in approval will mean that article names for technology will be shortened to the best possible title that leverages a specific canon designation with a more casual name.

  • F-41 Broadsword is better for your brain and hyperlinking abilities than F-41 Exoatmopheric Multirole Strike Fighter
  • M41 rocket launcher encourages refusal to self-lobotomy when put side by side to M41 Surface-to-Surface Rocket Medium Anti-Vehicle/Assault Weapon
  • M510 Mammoth would make you want to harm another person less when compared to Mobile Anti-Aircraft Weapons Platform M510 Siegework/Ultra-Heavy
  • Type-47 Scarab seems like a more interesting article to write about than Type-47 Ultra Heavy Assault Platform
  • MJOLNIR Commando makes you want to join the Insurrectionist cause less than MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor/K variant

Anyhoo, thanks for reading! :)



So, what would happen to consensus made on MJOLNIR and Weapons naming convention then? Vehicle naming convention is pretty much a done deal. — subtank 23:13, 29 October 2012 (EDT)

This is based mostly off the MJOLNIR suggestion from the middle names proposal and I didn't concern myself over previous discussions. Looking at your M41 SSRMAVAWBLERG vote, the others didn't seemed to only care about the title of the page when read, not when hyperlinked. Grizzlei

I'm going to have to disagree with this. As an encyclopedia, we should be using the technical names, not shortened simpler names which are what redirects are for. The why: If a reader wantx to find information about the Mammoth, he/she will simply type "Mammoth" or "M510 Mammoth" in the search bar and be redirected to "Mobile Anti-Aircraft Weapons Platform M510 Siegework/Ultra-Heavy". They won't care what the article name is, as long as they are getting up-to-date and accurate information. And besides, when talking about the item outside of the title, it can simply be referred to as the "Mammoth" of "M510".--Spartacus TalkContribs 23:27, 29 October 2012 (EDT)

The exact same argument could be applied to the use of full names in character article titles. Redirects are fine, but having the main title be so specific, something that not even the most die hard Haloverse fanatics memorize entirely is completely absurd. This proposal, if approved, will be VERY similar to the middle names proposal. Simplified title as the main, full extremely-specific name in intro paragraph. Grizzlei
The summary of M41 SSRMAVAWBLERG naming proposal is essentially this, that all four users were against renaming the weapons articles, opting for either the Title template (Spartacus and S-331) or not renaming at all (Alex and Smoke). Grizzlei voted for. I am simply the mediator. The only reason why I made that proposal was because it didn't look nice for those using 1024px screens... — subtank 23:36, 29 October 2012 (EDT)
Additionally, with some infoboxes lately automatically titling themselves, it makes the templates look a bit disheveled. Just another point to clarify, this move is for your everyday reader not to be overwhelmed by attempting to differentiate everything and for new contributors to accustom themselves to each article. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING will be changed within the articles themselves to make our wiki more "casual." Can't stress that enough. :P Grizzlei
Actually, all infoboxes still retain the name field (available via |name=). It's just hidden from plain view due to the common issue of editors forgetting to update that field after renaming the articles. I made sure that all the basic field parameters are intact. ;) — subtank 23:46, 29 October 2012 (EDT)
I did not know that (apparently)! I suppose that I need to refresh/cache clear more often or whatever. Grizzlei

I actually support the idea of using common names for article titles like Wikipedia does since we're an encyclopedia and not a technical manual. This would at least be one consistent policy that applies to character names, weapons, vehicles, and everything else. --Steve (talk) firefox_27x15.png 23:53, 29 October 2012 (EDT)

If there is a majority vote in favour of this, we can add it to the wiki's manual of style.— subtank 23:59, 29 October 2012 (EDT)

Honestly I think we should use full names for the article names but the short hand names for the name above the image.ArchedThunder 00:01, 30 October 2012 (EDT)

Totally saw that coming. For vehicles and weapons article names, I think we should stay with the official designation. We can absolutely mentioned their nicknames and have the them in the infobox, but not as the hyperlink. I guess it's okay to have "M12 FAV Warthog" as the hyperlink (similar to the "D77-TC Pelican" we have right now). The designation must be part of the name. "Grunt", the nickname, is not the hyperlink and article name for "Unggoy". Like Spartacus said, "[Visitors] won't care what the article name is, as long as they are getting up-to-date and accurate information. And besides, when talking about the item outside of the title, it can simply be referred to as the 'Mammoth' of 'M510'". People type the nickname into the search bar, they still get what they want. I also like the current armor designation names. —SPARTAN331 05:18, 30 October 2012 (EDT)

I largely agree with this proposal. It seems we're finally starting to get that the article title isn't the only place to convey information and it would be best to keep it as concise as possible - this is beneficial both for the sake of convenience when looking for information but also ease with linking. I've never really understood the obsession with favoring the technical designation over the actual name anyway - plus I've started to think that many of the designations are part of some running joke to find as many words as possible to describe things that are otherwise fairly straightforward ("Mobile Anti-Aircraft Weapons Platform M510 Siegework/Ultra-Heavy"? Really?). As has already been pointed out, it's also important to remember that changing the article title doesn't mean that the full designation will be somehow removed from the wiki altogether; there's always redirects, and besides, if readers care enough to read the article itself, then they should be able to see the full technical designation in the introductory paragraph.

Overall, I think a good guideline for determining what is suitable as a title is to consider what is comfortable and natural to link in typical article text; for example, when writing a plot summary, there is no reason to use "MA5C Individual Combat Weapon System" over "MA5D assault rifle"; thus the latter is more suitable as a title (though this kind of thinking only applies up to a certain point - designations like "MA5D" should still be used, it's just the word clutter that isn't necessary to differentiate the subject from others that should be cut down). The formal names are only applicable in niche usage, like the list of products on the Misriah Armory page.

One thing, though: as for MJOLNIR variants, I'm still in favor of using "MJOLNIR/Commando" over the idea of having a space between "MJOLNIR" and the variant for reasons Subtank described here. As for the rest, I mostly agree. As long as we use proper designations to differentiate weapons and equipment (e.g. MA5B, MA5D, et al) and keep the terminology consistent and in-universe (e.g. not using "Master Chief" over "John-117" or the human nicknames for the Covenant species) it should be all for the better. --Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 06:03, 30 October 2012 (EDT)

On second thought, a weapon titling standard as described above may end up being too arbitrary when dealing with weapons that can't be described with existing terms like "assault rifle" or "pistol"; for example, we shouldn't call the M6 Grindell/Galilean Nonlinear Rifle "M6 Spartan Laser" because the latter is established to be a nickname in-universe. Something like "M6 G/GNR" would work for me though, or maybe we can just use the current title since it's a one-of-a-kind weapon and the designation isn't too long or painful to type or look up. Still, exceptions such as this one would create a discrepancy with titles like "MA5B assault rifle"; the question is whether these irregularities really matter. Though they're useful as guidelines most of the time, slavish adherence to consistent standards may also be detrimental in some cases, which is why I wouldn't exactly have a problem with seeing titles like "M6 Grindell/Galilean Nonlinear Rifle" and "MA5B assault rifle" existing side by side. --Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 06:34, 30 October 2012 (EDT)
The proposed style is workable for UNSC-related articles but how 'bout the Covenant? Would we just abandon using their technical designation (i.e. Type-33 Guided Munitions Launcher) in favour of their common name (i.e. Needler, Fuel Rod Gun, Plasma Rifle)? — subtank 07:12, 30 October 2012 (EDT)
The Spartan Laser could be shortened to "M6 nonlinear rifle" or "M6 laser" as "Grindell/Gailiean", to our knowledge, doesn't describe the type or origin of the weapon. Grizzlei
I suppose we could go with "Type-33 Needler", "Type-25 Plasma Pistol", etc. Some of the Covenant weapons in the new Halo 4 interactive guide are labeled this way in the descriptions. Granted, capitalizing descriptors like "plasma pistol" here would also result in a discrepancy if we don't do so with UNSC weapons (e.g. "MA5B assault rifle" as opposed to "MA5B Assault Rifle"). However, we might just not capitalize them since it's not done in the books; the practice of treating them as proper names only seems to exist in marketing material. --Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 07:25, 30 October 2012 (EDT)
If I remember correctly, the "Type" system for designating Covenant equipment is a UNSC format similar to the NATO Reporting Names for Soviet/Warsaw/Russian kit. Unlike the Humans who generally use simple designations (MA5, M6, etc.), the Covenant and successor states has obviously refused to use the UNSC names (just like species nicknames; Elite, Brute, etc.) and exclusively uses their simple names that we were only once accustomed to. For example, many have blended the Soviet designation "MiG-29" and the NATO reporting name "Fulcrum" to distinguish it further. Something similar as you mentioned above will work perfectly. Grizzlei

I agree entirely with Spartacus's first comment. In addition, I say the article's name is something much more official and unchanging than the first paragraph. Something's official technical name is much more set in stone than its casual name, so why choose the name which is much more arguable and subjective than the complete official name for the spot that's much more of a hassle to change? Yes, it's hard to memorize the technical name sometimes when hyperlinking, but it might be even harder to remember what the agreed-upon established casual name is. Anywho, it's not like my voice will matter in this; I'm a bit late to this discussion. Also, thoughts on the name for ARC-920?--FluffyEmoPenguin(ice quack!) 12:09, 18 December 2013 (EST)

I am aware there were issues with this and I noted some of those above. Still, I don't think it was a change for the worse. Some of the titles we used to have were absolutely horrible to look at. Anyway, the ARC-920 is one of those cases where this exact same format can't really be applied without adding redundant words to the title - going by the same standard it would be called "ARC-920 railgun", but since the acronym is already a description of the weapon it would end up being just a little repetitive. Same goes for the SRS series sniper rifles. But no standard is ever perfect and all-encompassing, and since the whole point of this was to make these things just a tad easier to type, the acronym should do fine by itself. It's not unlike abbreviating "United Nations Space Command" in article titles such as UNSC Defense Force - it should be even less objectionable than most of the affected articles since there are no "arbitrary" descriptors involved. --Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 12:29, 18 December 2013 (EST)

Armor titles

While I realize I'm necro'ing a year-old thread, this should be more relevant than ever right now given the fact the proposal is finally being put into effect (about time). Anyways, I thought I'd open up a discussion for our new titling standards on armor variant articles before the move ball starts rolling, as I'm still not quite satisfied with the format I proposed a year ago. Basically, instead of having the superfluous "MJOLNIR/" in the title, we'd keep it to the barest minimum, only including the name of the armor type, followed by "variant"; for example, "Air Assault variant", "HAZOP variant" or "EVA variant". This would also make it easier to find the articles by typing the name in the search field; if we used the "MJOLNIR/" prefix, the search wouldn't return anything for "Air Assault", for example. This would, obviously, only apply to variants; mainline armor pages would stay the way they are. --Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 00:11, 7 October 2013 (EDT)

Addendum: "variant" in this case could be replaced with "armor", but I'm not sure which flows better. "Armor" is more descriptive but "variant" gets across the idea that they're subsets instead of wholly independent systems. -Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 05:39, 7 October 2013 (EDT)
Why not something like "Air Assault armor variant"? Maybe include both armor & variant into the title?--Killamint [Comm|Files] 12:33, 7 October 2013 (EDT)
Yeah, but I was trying to be as concise as possible, since that's what this title overhaul is really all about. --Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 12:55, 7 October 2013 (EDT)
True. Well its hard to choose between variant & armor. Both are good titles but I guess I would sway more towards variant. Sounds alrite to me.--Killamint [Comm|Files] 13:03, 7 October 2013 (EDT)

I would prefer if we were to follow your previous suggestion. As I said before, "MJOLNIR/NAME variant" works better than "NAME variant" (omitting "MJOLNIR/") because the former format sorts out the organising issue the wiki's been facing since 2007 (and note that organising using Categories is a chore). Searching is not an issue as long as we place sufficient search terms that redirect to the relevant articles. Lastly, the Title template sorts out any personal preference one has over article's title. — subtank 21:37, 7 October 2013 (EDT)

I realize that there are always redirects, but since they don't show up in the search field they're not particularly helpful to an uninitiated user searching for a given type of armor; I'm thinking of the average visitor who hasn't a clue about our titling standards. Categories can be a chore, but since most armor variant pages are mass-categorized via a list template anyway, it isn't that big of an issue here. As for the Title template, I'd prefer we didn't use it to tinker with article titles, instead following Wikipedia's example and limiting its use to applying italics wherever needed (that is, we should also stop hiding disambiguation parentheses). It can cause needless confusion when the actual title is something else than what's displayed on top of the page, and as said before the title itself doesn't even matter all that much - what's in the article proper does.--Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 01:16, 8 October 2013 (EDT)
So, the reason for the retitling is more of trying to ensure that searches show up in the search field? While I do recognise the helpful intention, I don't think we should simplify our titling standards to accommodate the needs for users relying solely on the search field. The titling standards is for the editors and not for the average user, and the average user should not be made aware of the wiki's titling standards unless it is necessary to do so. In other words, we should not compromise standards for the sake of ensuring immediate ease of access for the average user. In addition, I think there is no need for the editors to ensure that every article appears in the search field in as long as there are sufficient redirects that redirect the user to their intended article. The search field's default purpose is to return any matching articles to the user once they clicked "search" (or whatever means they use to enter a search). The search field could provide a list of suggested articles matching that search using keyword typed by the user, though keep in mind that this alternate use should not override its default purpose. This is similar as to how Wikipedia utilizes its search function (though it would be helpful if we have the predictive spellcheck feature in Special:Search).
I am all out for a new title format for MJOLNIR armor and its variants as long as best possible title leverages a specific canon designation with a more casual name. That being said, I would still prefer using "MJOLNIR/Soldier variant" or "MJOLNIR/Soldier" over "MJOLNIR Soldier variant", and the suggested "Soldier variant" and "Soldier armor variant". In my opinion, the use of the forward slash as well as the inclusion of "MJOLNIR" puts it firmly to any reader that the armor variant is part of the MJOLNIR armor.— subtank 07:40, 9 October 2013 (EDT)
It's ultimately not just to streamline searching or cater to casual wiki users - it also has to do with linking. These things tend to be linked as "Soldier variant" as opposed to "MJOLNIR/Soldier variant" as the former flows better; one almost never uses the styling "MJOLNIR/Soldier" in article text. More often it's written in the vein of "Soldier variant of the MJOLNIR armor", resulting in "Soldier variant" and "MJOLNIR" being linked separately; thus the convenience and ease with the search field are really just a helpful byproduct (to regular and non-regular visitors alike). I do acknowledge that taking off the "MJOLNIR" part diminishes the informational value of the title alone, but I can live with that given the fact the information will still be there in the article proper. Besides, we already omit the name of a larger whole in many other similar cases. Habitat El Ciudad doesn't contain a mention of "the Rubble", nor does Beta-5 Division contain "ONI". It's only there if the title comes off as absurd or too general without the context of its "parent" subject (e.g. New Mombasa city center, MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor/Mark V) and this is hardly the case with armor types, many of which are even referred to as "(SUBJECT)-class armor" in their official descriptions (e.g. Air Assault-class armor, CIO-class armor), which in my mind justifies the omission of the "MJOLNIR/" part. --Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 10:13, 9 October 2013 (EDT)
On a tangential note, could it be possible to implement a template or any other bit of code that, when applied to select redirect pages, would make those redirects show up in the search suggestions? This would solve the issue with casual users (not just when it comes to armor but also everything else), though my point about the linking still stands. --Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 10:13, 9 October 2013 (EDT)
I noticed that editors seem to avoid using redirects as links or even as piped links in articles, preferring using the actual title of articles being cited/referred to, and I don't understand the rationale behind this (for example, [[Sangheili|Elites]] instead of [[Elites]] or [[Unggoy|Grunts]] instead of just [[Grunts]]). This is even more apparent when it comes to linking weapons and vehicles. There's no problem using redirects to link back to the intended article as long it is linked correctly. That being said, it is perfectly okay to have an article titled "MJOLNIR/Scout variant" (or whatever title format we agree with) and still use "Scout variant" (a redirect) as a link in any article (see this). If there is a need for more redirects, just create more. I don't see any issue with linking an article's title and linking in general.
The examples you given (i.e. Habitat El Ciudad and Beta-5 Division) are wholly different than the issue we're currently facing with armor titles, so I don't think commenting on those would move the discussion into any positive outcome.
And since you raised up "(SUBJECT)-class armor", I should point out that it is just an alternate form of presenting the armor variants, as seen in Waypoint's entry on Protector variant. In my opinion, "(SUBJECT)-class armor" is synonymous with "(SUBJECT) variant". It is used for presenting within the article but it remains to be the case that the proper title for the armor variant (or class) is "MJOLNIR [GEN2]/(SUBJECT)" as it always has in Halo 3 and Halo: Reach.
Oh, with regards to making a template, it is not possible to do so. What you're requesting requires changing the settings in the mediawiki system which can be done by contacting Porplemontage. I recall that we once allowed redirects to show up in the search suggestions but asked Porple to disable it when we found out that it was counterproductive (i.e. there were too many redirects in the search suggestions). I think it was either you or Braidenvl (or some other administrator) who asked Porple to disable it. *shrugs* — subtank 12:05, 9 October 2013 (EDT)
Yeah, I remember when the redirects were removed from the search; it was actually The All-knowing Sith'ari who came up with the idea. I still agree with the original rationale (tons of superfluously similar redirects stacking up in the search field) but I was considering if there was a way at all to select which redirects to hide and which ones to show it would beneficial (the default option would still be to have the redirect be hidden; you'd have to check a box, add a template or flip a switch or whatever to make it show up). I'm not saying it has to be a template, but whether it's possible at all even on a wiki coding level.
I admit my examples didn't quite work the way they should've, but I'm sure there are comparable instances somewhere. The fact is, the issue of whether we have "MJOLNIR/" in titles or not isn't exactly a deal-breaking one either way, though I still feel it's somewhat unnecessary. I guess you could say I've come to see article titles in a similar manner as they are presented in the Halo visual guides; they only have a main title like "Air Assault" or "CIO" and then a more elaborate name or a description right below it. Still, I'm not saying we should go as far with colloquialisms, just use a similar general philosophy. Good point about linking redirects though. --Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 12:54, 9 October 2013 (EDT)

(reset indent) I believe scripting could provide a solution, though I'm not sure how to achieve it. I don't think the mediawiki settings have that kind of ability to hide and show certain redirects, though I could be wrong. Anyway, as for armor titles, I feel that the simplification of armor titles as to omitting "MJOLNIR/" promotes exactly that, colloquialism, and that this proposal would go beyond its intended purpose as to apply to all articles (i.e. "Gauss Warthog" instead of "M12G1 Warthog"). It cheapens the wiki's reputation as just a fan-managed Halo encyclopaedia and not a properly-maintained, comprehensive Halo encyclopaedia managed by dedicated members of the Halo community. Then again, this is just my opinion on the matter within the proposal. — subtank 20:13, 10 October 2013 (EDT)

Well per Jugus' lead I changed the title of most of the vehicles. Kind of would like the weapon titles to stay the same though, I don't want to go back to calling the BR55 Service Rifle the BR55 Battle Rifle.Sith-venator Wavingstrider (Commlink) 06:01, 28 October 2013 (EDT)
Would also like to point out some pages actually have longer titles now <.< Sith-venator Wavingstrider (Commlink) 13:29, 11 December 2013 (EST)
I've often found myself questioning the decision to rename the weapon and vehicle pages (yes, I know I originally supported this), particularly since redirects are a thing—we now end up with bizarre mishmashes of formal and colloquial terms, like "Type-25 plasma pistol" or "Type-1 energy sword", when the designation is really only useful when there are multiple models of the weapon and this is immediately relevant to the content at hand. Redirects would've saved us all the trouble in the first place, though users tend to have a bizarre fixation on holding the article titles as gospel everywhere and "correcting" term use that may be perfectly fine in the context into whatever the article title happens to be at the time—e.g. "plasma pistol" is preferable to Type-25 plasma pistol in a recounting of an event because the weapon's formal model designation isn't all that relevant there, while "Type-25 Directed Energy Pistol" would work the best in a more technical equipment listing. Since linking all of those things produces the same result, i.e. a user clicking on the link will be led to the same page, there's no reason to homogenize the names in every context to match the current title.
@Subtank: While I would prefer putting the variant's name first (as in "Variant-class MJOLNIR", which is used even in technically-oriented material), thus solving the search issue, "MJOLNIR/Variant" is also fine by me as long as we get this thing implemented. --Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 02:25, 12 November 2014 (EST)
You may have noticed that I've recently shied away from my obsession with avoiding redirects. I now accept that they can be our friends. Anyway, I agree that simplifying our article nomenclature would be for the best. The "Variant-class MJOLNIR" setup would work nicely since it's often used in official media these days. However, given the H4EVG's clarification that "MJOLNIR" is the project and "Mjolnir" is the armor (mirroring the SPARTAN/Spartan dichotomy) it may be preferable to render armor titles as "Variant-class Mjolnir"; frankly, I think "Variant-class Mjolnir armor" flows a just teensy bit better. --Our vengeance is at hand. (Talk to me.) 09:10, 12 November 2014 (EST)
If it means we're soon going to have articles such as "Plasma pistol", "Needler", "Mongoose", "Lich" and so on, then I'm all for it. As long as there are no other variants of course, otherwise it'll stay "M392 DMR", for example. Same for the Mjolnir armors, though my own favorite would be "Mjolnir Example armor" (somewhat similar to ODST armor), i.e. "Mjolnir Recon armor", "Mjolnir EOD armor",... along with "Mjolnir armor", "Mjolnir Mark VI armor", "Mjolnir (GEN2) armor", etc. My main concern with your suggestions is that: First, the forward slash (i.e. "Mjolnir/Recon") may be awkward in an article, since it's a mixture of formal and informal naming scheme; Second, "Recon-class Mjolnir armor" —though an interesting technical term that could become the "official" bold name in the article, in my opinion— is still not always very practical when you're placing it in an article, i.e. anywhere where the technicality of the term is unneeded. (For the same reason, we would, as of now, almost never really call the plasma pistol the "Type-25 plasma pistol" outside of a technical section.) Imrane-117 (talk) 18:50, 13 November 2014 (EST)
To clarify, simplifying the titles further is not exactly what I meant; I was merely noting that we could've kept our titles as they were in the first place because you might as well link to redirects like plasma pistol with no ill effects (as long as the redirects make sense and their numbers stay in acceptable limits). It's just that a lot of users tend to view the use of redirects as "wrong" somehow (I was one of them for a long time until I realized there's really no difference between linking a redirect and the actual page title). Redirects can also be useful when linking to subsections of pages; "[[human technology]]" is functionally identical to "[[Human#Technology|human technology]]", just quicker to type and tidier looking when you're editing an article. --Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 09:17, 14 November 2014 (EST)

Let's go with the simple "MJOLNIR/SOMETHING variant". "MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor/SOMETHING variant" is quite lengthy. :P — subtank 07:03, 15 November 2014 (EST)

Since this has to go somewhere... I really think Braidenvl's "Variant-class Mjolnir" format is the best option. It's concise, includes the Mjolnir part, and is more search-friendly as it puts the variant name first. However, 343i has lately shown a preference for having the variant name in classically Nylundian all-caps (as seen here and the H4 EVG, for example), so I wonder if it might be most appropriate to render it as "VARIANT-class Mjolnir". --Jugus (Talk | Contribs) 02:53, 13 June 2015 (EDT)
Needless to say, I agree. "VARIANT-class Mjolnir" is the best approach. --Our answer is at hand. (Talk to me.) 13:02, 13 June 2015 (EDT)
Agreed. "VARIANT-class Mjolnir" sounds good. - NightHammer (talk) 17:44, 13 June 2015 (EDT)
Agreed on "VARIANT-class Mjolnir".Sith Venator (Dank Memes) 19:35, 13 June 2015 (EDT)
At last, I also agree. We should follow 343's designations. Imrane-117 (talk) 01:12, 14 June 2015 (EDT)

Okay looks like we have a general consensus. I'll get started.Sith Venator (Dank Memes) 01:19, 14 June 2015 (EDT)